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What pledge are you making for International Women’s Day 2021?

International Women’s Day is on 8 March and all genders are encouraged by IWD to participate in this year’s #ChooseToChallenge theme. To participate, consider the question ‘What action can I take to help forge a more gender equal world?’ and share your pledge along with a photo of yourself striking this year’s Choose to Challenge pose.

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CEO Jane Fraser on Kim Scott's literary contribution to Western Australia, which saw him being inducted into the Western Australian Writers Hall of Fame last Friday evening

Hello and welcome to August.

What a month it’s been! Congratulations to our Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards winners and shortlisted authors: Fiona Burrows, Amanda Curtin, Rafeif Ismail, Kathryn Lefroy, Caitlin Maling, Meg McKinlay, Helen Milroy, Holden Sheppard and Ellen van Neerven. We are so proud of you all.

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How do you face Father's Day without your dad? Jon Doust, author of the One Boy’s Journey to Man series, tells a story about his father, Stanley, and the gifts Stan left his sons

I met a bloke last week who said his father died 20 years ago and he had never got over it. My father died in 2002 and I can still hear him telling me how to remove the ceiling fan in the bathroom. I’d done it a couple of times before and I was over 50 years old, but that didn’t make any difference. As far as he was concerned I was still ‘bloody hopeless’.

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Brendan Ritchie, author of Carousel and Beyond Carousel, talks dystopian futures and Beyond the Dark, an upcoming collection for teachers and students

We were lucky to chat with dystopian aficionado Brendan Ritchie about his chapter in the newly released book Beyond the Dark: Dystopian Texts in the Secondary English Classroom (edited by Patricia Dowsett, Ellen Rees and Alex Wharton, and published by the Australian Association for the Teaching of English). Brendan is well positioned to discuss dystopian fiction, with his Gold Inky Award longlisted debut novel, Carousel, exploring a dystopian Perth. The sequel, Beyond Carousel, continues to explore a post-apocalyptic world while raising pertinent questions about our own reality.

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